Tennley Vik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Tennley Vik joined the communication studies department in 2018. Vik received her Bachelor's degrees in communication studies and philosophy from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2005. Her M.A. degree in communication was earned from North Dakota State University in 2007. She completed her doctoral work at Ohio University in the summer of 2012.

Vik's research focuses on sexuality and communication. Her research interests include family communication about sexuality and reproduction, as well as disclosure, ownership and commodification of sexuality. Her publications can be found in journals such as the Journal of Family Communication, Communication Studies, Review of Communication and Sexuality and Culture.

Vik teaches courses in small group communication, interpersonal communication and qualitative methods.


  • Dunn, J., & Vik, T. A. (2018). Virginity for sale II: Queering Latina heterosexuality in America's next top virginity auction. Sexuality and Culture.
  • DeGroot, J. M., & Vik, T. A. (2017). Disenfranchised grief following traumatic birth, Journal of Loss and Trauma, 22(4), 346-356.
  • DeGroot. J. M., & Vik, T. A. (2017) "We are not prepared to tell people yet:" Confidentiality breaches and boundary turbulence on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 70, 351-359.
  • Vik, T. A., & Bates, B. R. (2016). Disclosure without boundaries: Vulnerability and a rules-based system in the counterfactual world of PostSecret. Journal of the Communication, Speech & Theatre Association of North Dakota, 28, 48-62.
  • Vik, T. A., & DeGroot, J. M. (2013/2014). Jon and Kate separate: Changing privacy boundaries. Journal of the Communication, Speech & Theatre Association of North Dakota, 26, 50-60


  • Ph.D., Ohio University, 2012
  • M.A., Communication, North Dakota State University, 2007
  • B.A., Communication Studies and Philosophy, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, 2005